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Circle Technologies

Our device gives real-time data about the concentration of biologic drugs in bioreactors. This helps manufacturers decrease costs and increase revenue.

  • Stage Prototype Ready
  • Industry Biotechnology
  • Location Tulalip, WA, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded October 2011
  • Employees 4
  • Incorporation Type C-corp

Company Summary

The Tekla by Circle Technologies automatically measures the concentration of drug in bioreactors. We filed an International PCT Patent in 2014 and in 2015 received opinions supporting the novelty of our device. We are in a large growth market: spending on cell culture equipment for biologic drugs was $15B in 2013 and will be $25B by 2018.


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    Founder, President, CEO

    Andrew has worked for 15 years in the biopharmaceutical industry, including positions at CMC Biologics making recombinant Factor IX, and Immunex making the blockbuster biologic drug, Enbrel. He completed a PhD in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Washington at the Center for Process Analysis and Control, where he designed real-time measurement devices. He won the 2012 Lean Startup Machine Competition in Seattle.

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    Bryan Brewer
    Business Strategy

    For 15 years, Bryan has helped startups raise more than $100 million in investment capital. He combines a broad business background, strong communication skills, and long-time connections in the Seattle venture community. He excels at refining business strategy and writing winning investor pitches.

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    Ralph Jorgenson
    Chief Operating Officer

    Ralph was Founder and CEO of EBI Sensors, Inc, where he developed a fiber optic Surface Plasmon Resonance sensor. He led their exit to Biacore of Sweden which incorporated his technology into a product for measuring the binding of biologic drugs. Subsequently Biacore was acquired by GE Healthcare. Ralph is also an expert at gaining grant funding for startups and at developing an Intellectual Property strategy.

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    Vice President of Sales

    Lisa had over 15 years selling high end analytical chemistry instruments to pharmaceutical manufacturers. She has held positions of Senior Sales Representative for giants like Thermo and Varian and has sold online instruments for Metrohm. She has performed business development, including planning sales strategies, budgets, presentations and product support.


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    Gary Kocher, K and L Gates
    Corporate Legal

Previous Investors

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    Pacific Northwest National Lab, Technology Assistance Program, Non-dilutive Grant